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Birthday Street Party and open house

The Old Vic doesn't turn 200 every day - this is a cause for celebration!

As one of London's oldest and most loved theatres, The Old Vic has bundled together a host of festivities to celebrate, all tied up with a big bow for their 200th birthday on 12 May. The ENTIRELY FREE  Street Party and Open House is suitable for all ages, so come along and enjoy a special day of fun and entertainment  – the more, the merrier!

  • 12noon – Join the PROCESSION as festivities begin on the South Bank outside the National Theatre. From there, you'll be led to The Old Vic by a 10-piece marching band from Kansas Smitty ’s, with surprise performances along the way.
  • 1.30pm – The Old Vic's Webber Street STREET PARTY will be open. Bring along your family, friends, neighbours (anybody!) and be entertained as the street is brought to life by street performers, craft activities, food stalls and an interactive pedal-powered sound system. Plus Showtime Photo Booth will be with us with their GIF photo booth.
  • 1.45pm – Inside The Old Vic, a full programme of completely free activities for ages 3+ will begin. All OPEN HOUSE events are FREE but will require a ticket.

Tickets can be booked in advance with a small allocation of tickets available for walk-ups on the day. Capacity is limited so book now to avoid disappointment.


Open House programme of events


Penny Lectures: A series of talks inspired by the original 19C lecture series 
Rehearsal Room

Comedy Club 4 Kids:Featuring Howard Read with MC Inel Tomlinson
Rehearsal Room
2.45pm (For ages 6-9)
3.30pm (For ages 10-13)

The Children’s Bookshow: Interactive storytelling, live illustration and poetry
Baylis Bar
2pm (For ages 5-7 with Alexis Deacon)
2.45pm (For ages 7+ with Rachel Rooney)
3.30pm (For ages 3+ with Benji Davies)
4.15pm (For ages 9+ with Jan Blake)

Puppetry Workshops: Make your very own puppet with Maia Kirkman-Richards
Mark’s Bar
2pm (For ages 5-9)
2.45pm (For ages 9-13)
3.30pm (For ages 13-16)
4.15pm (For adults)

Stage Makeup Presentation: With makeup artist Dan Frye 
Rehearsal Room
2pm (For ages 16+)

For more information and to book, click HERE. 

Discover The Old Vic


Under the artistic direction of Matthew Warchus, The Old Vic presents an exciting and eclectic programme of new writing, classic plays, musicals, dance and variety.

With a unique sense of event at every performance, this 200 year old building is one of London’s best-loved and oldest theatres. Located just a stone's throw away from Waterloo Station, the theatre has had a fascinating history with several incarnations - including being the original home of the National Theatre of Great Britain before it found it's permanent spot on the South Bank. The venue made headlines when it announced in 2003 that Kevin Spacey would become Artistic Director, being succeeded by Matthew Warchus in 2015.

Today The Old Vic acknowledges it's deep theatrical roots whilst focusing on invigorating new writing with works that engage in diverse conversation.

More about The Old Vic

The Old Vic has a varied history going back to the early 19th Century when it first opened in 1818. A great many exciting and notable things have happened between the opening of its doors to the present day, let us tell you about a few of them

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